Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Grocery Shopping

Soooo, it's inevitable. Every one has to grocery shop. Whether you shop at Stop and Shop or Whole Foods or Shaws or whatever your local grocery store may be, it's important to know what's good to shop for. I thought I would share with you how I shop, where I shop and what I buy. My stores of choice are Whole Foods and Trader Joe's. They have the organic and natural food that I prefer to eat. (Have you ever seen Food Inc?... seriously, if you like what you eat now... DO NOT WATCH. it's a definite reality check.) I know, a lot of people think that if you eat organic it costs so much more, and depending on what you buy, it may. I do not notice a change in my grocery bill, but I also changed what I put into my body, so I think it goes hand in hand. When it comes down to it, I eat mostly clean, organic foods. I feel more energized, I don't feel bloated, I sleep more at night when I can - It was a fantastic change for me. OKAY, now that I just rambled on........... I will take you on my recent trip to Trader Joe's.

First thing I do... I get in my car, turn it on (for those who know my sweet little sedan, I may have to start it up two or three times. HAHA) Okay, we all know how to get to the store... Enough of me trying to be a comedian. When I shop, I shop the perimeter of the store first. I buy my fruits and veggies, then I shop for poultry and tofu and my "ficken" (fake Chicken) products. After I have those essentials, I head to the frozen foods. I like to buy frozen fish. Trader Joe's has an amazing selection of frozen swordfish, salmon, mahi mahi, tuna and other good for you fish. After that I buy my "pasta." I use a lot of quinoa... it's a wheat germ that is a fantastic alternative to rice and cous cous. And it's great for you too. I then will buy some healthy snacks like protein bars or dried fruits and veggies. Here is a grocery list of just some of the items that I purchase.

This is a picture of my cart from Trader Joe's. (No, the dog treats are not for me.)

  • broccoli 
  • asparagus
  • shredded carrot sticks (amazing on salads and awesome for snacking)
  • celery
  • cherry tomatoes
  • bananas
  • strawberries ( i buy organic so there are no GMO's or pesticides)
  • blueberries
  • raspberries 
  • clementines or cuties (let's face it... they are the SAME thing. just saying)
  • brussel sprouts
  • eggplant
  • boneless  skinless chicken breast
  • extra firm tofu
  • snap pea crisps
  • Luna bars
  • oh yeah! protein bars
  • pita chips
  • San Pelligrino sparkling water (fantabulous alternative for soda)
  • Limes (to go with your sparkling water)
  • Oatmeal
  • Skim Milk (Nature's Promise)
These are just a few of the items that I shop for. 

Stay tuned for the recipes that I create when I buy these amazing items. I hope you found this helpful and maybe you will keep my list in mind the next time you go shopping. Just shop the perimeter first and I guarantee you will find almost all of the healthy items you need. 

Don't forget to comment and let me know what you think! Share with us what you shop for and how you shop!

So stay focused, shop healthy, exercise and don't sweat the small stuff.

Twinspiration - 

Love and Health to all!


  1. I love the photo, your humor (makes this so readable), and the great ideas and support you are offering here! Food Matters is also another great movie that really promotes food as our best "medicine". The trends in food and health consciousness are going to help us all get back on track. Thanks for sharing your journey in this, Nikkie!

  2. Yes! I love grocery shopping!! Always shopping the perimeter of the store :) Doesn't surprise me that our lists would be similar. Such great information! Definitely looking forward to those recipes.

  3. Thank you for the feedback, Sherry! I will have to watch Food Matters! Thanks for following too! It's what gives us our motivation :) We want to inspire and motivate the way that we have been inspired and motivated. Looking forward to more comments :D